Petrol tanker flips and ignites in Phetchaburi resulting in severe injuries

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A petrol tanker overturned and caught fire in Phetchaburi province, severely injuring the driver who was engulfed in flames.

The vehicle, completely damaged in the incident, is suspected to have veered off course due to the driver potentially falling asleep. This mishap occurred at 12.24am, as reported by Phetchaburi’s Emergency Response Centre.

The ten-wheeler petrol tanker with licence plate number 71-4307 from Pathum Thani province, unexpectedly flipped and burst into flames. This unfortunate event took place on the bypass road in Cha-Am, in front of the Rajaprajanugroh 47 School in Phetchaburi province. As a result, the local authorities, led by police officer Patcharawal Ritthichai, were alerted. Assistance was immediately sought from the fire truck of the Cha-Am municipality.

At the scene of the accident, rescue teams from Sawang Sapphasit Cha-Am and Sirin Cha-Am found that the petrol tanker driver, who had been severely burnt all over his body, was in critical condition. The injured individual, identified as 30 year old Kowit Lavong, was immediately rushed to the Cha-Am hospital for urgent medical treatment, reported KhaoSod.

Preliminary assumptions by investigators suggest that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, causing the vehicle to lose control and veer off the road. This resulted in the tanker flipping over, sparking a fire that engulfed the entire vehicle and severely injured the driver.

In related news, Sujin Kulchanarong, also known as Teacher Jinnie Phutai, a renowned Thai country music composer and arranger, has been hospitalised following a severe fire accident at his home in Mueang district, Khon Kaen. The incident has resulted in serious burns to his face and neck, affecting his windpipe. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Bangkok Hospital, Khon Kaen, where he is responsive and able to communicate. Read more about this story HERE.

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